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The Resin Report.

Rising raw material costs are driving prices up

Resins are a critical component in the manufacturing of printing ink. They provide the characteristics that enable inks to transfer on to the press effectively, provide gloss and certain key resistance qualities, and allow colorants to adhere to substrates.

Resins are available in many different chemistries, depending on the systems in which they are being utilized. There are rosin derivatives and phenolics for offset inks, polyamides and nitrocellulose for flexo and gravure, and polyester, polyurethane, fumaric rosin esters and acrylics for water-based inks.

Many of these resins have their roots in crude oil, which has shot up dramatically in price. As such, resin manufacturers are attempting to increase their prices to meet higher raw material costs. For printing ink manufacturers, who are facing ever tighter margins due to low pricing, this is difficult news indeed.

Price Increases

The costs of raw materials that go into resins have increased, and, added to the fact that resin prices have been held in check for many years, the market is set to rise.

"Current market prices for resins are not reflecting the increased cost of raw materials used in all resins," said Pete Samuelson, business manager of solvent-and oil-based products for Lawter International, which initiated a price increase as of June 1 that affected all of its product lines. "While the goal of new developments includes improved economics, cost increases in petroleum derivatives and other raw materials used in both hydrocarbon and rosin-based resins will force prices up in the market. We expect prices to increase on all resin types due to sustained raw material cost increases beginning in the last quarter of 1999 and continuing through this year."

"Raw material price increases have strongly affected the graphic arts resins market during the last quarter of 1999 and the first quarter of 2000," said Francois Gallouedec, marketing manager, ink resins and additives, Cognis Corporation. "With solvent prices and gasoline prices on the rise, in addition to other raw materials which have not completed their round of increases, it is difficult to forecast where the rest of 2000 will take us."

"We are anticipating a third quarter general price increase in the range of 5 percent," added Robert O'Toole, business manager -- energy cure chemicals for Cognis Corporation.

"One of the things we're concerned with is that there is not a whole lot of upper movement in prices from our customers to their customers," said Chuck Mateer, market manager for SMA(r) resins for Elf Atochem, which is expected to change its name to AtoFina this month. "Meanwhile, our raw material prices are up significantly. Styrene has doubled in price since last year, and maleic anhydride is increasing."

"In the last eight months, everybody that uses styrene or maleic anhydride product has seen their prices rise considerably," added Dave Barbieri, Elf Atochem's business manager, functional polymers.

"Although certain raw materials are going up, including oil derivatives like phenols, I don't expect much movement on the rosin resin front this year," said Kees Riphagen, marketing manager for Akzo Nobel Resins. "Solvent-based products are a different story."

The low margins have a wide range of impact, from consolidations to reducing R&D. This also will have an adverse effect on ink manufacturers.

"Prices will need to rise as the very low margins being obtained today are stifling new developments and minimizing investments," said Mike Wicken, managing director of Mitchanol International Ltd. "The market must appreciate that cost-effectiveness does not come from price alone. The ink market has endured a steady consolidation of ink makers into a few global players. The resin industry is following suit. This will not mean efficiency in the future. Less players, less choice!"

There will be resistance to cost increases, but there is only so much that can be cut in production costs. Industry leaders believe that even with improved production efficiencies, there are more price increases on the way.

"It is very difficult to pass increased costs through the system," said Rick Grandke, technology manager at Johnson Polymer. "We are all being challenged to take costs out of our systems to keep prices as low as possible."

"While we strive to manage costs at all levels and in manufacturing, we have experienced significant raw material price increases over the last two quarters," said Holly Hartschuh, worldwide marketing manager, graphic arts, Robin and Haas Company. "We expect this trend to continue at least through the end of the year and therefore will be announcing price increases in the near future."

"One thing is for sure, we have not seen the last of the resin price increases for 2000," concluded Mr. Galloudec.

What's New

Despite the tight prices, resin manufacturers are actively working to meet market needs, including improving pigment wetting and faster press speeds.

Norm Szalkowski, chemist for Neville Chemical, said the company is "endeavoring to create the next generation of LX-2000, Neville's premier pigment wetting resin. Flush manufacturers and ink companies have always clamored for the ultimate universal pigment wetting resin that is utilizable in dispersing and wetting every process color and carbon black."

"On the let-down vehicle side of the business, the interest in self-structuring or highly visco-elastic resins persists," Mr. Szalkowski said. "Phenolic condensate modified hydrocarbons, with or without rosin hybridization, have also piqued the interest of ink makers who believe such resins can abate lithographic headaches in the pressroom (i.e. ink-water balance, feedback or roller build-up). Digitalography, the newest, fastest growing printing process, has tacitly moved into the mainstream and has all litho ink makers and their suppliers surveying that unique aspect of printing and strategizing how to bring it into the conventional ink maker's fold."

"Printing ink manufacturers are constantly in search of higher performance resins to be used in inks to be run on high speed presses on varying qualities of paper," said Dan DeLegge, technical director, resins at Lawter International. "Misting, water balance and flow are their main concerns. The new technologies revolve around the expansion of structured high molecular weight resins, with improvements in the stability of rheology.

"In the liquid ink area, improvements such as heat resistance, lamination, flexibility, lower VOC and resistance to chemicals, oils and solvents are of paramount importance with a emphasis on water-based systems," Mr. DeLegge said.

Mr. Riphagen noted that ink makers are looking for high apparent viscosity at low and high shear rates for fast speed presses and flowable inks.

"Much of our developments in plasticizing polyurethanes have centered on the recent past in ensuring that the customer receives cost-effectiveness, offering solventless systems and improved press stability," said Mr. Wicken. "This trend will continue. In film-forming polyurethanes, we have concentrated on providing products that are not only for mono-component lamination inks but also usable with other binders."

"Particular areas of focus in resin technology include highly soluble and highly structured phenolic resins for heatset and sheetfed applications," said Brad Crocker, business manager, inks and coatings for Arizona Chemical. "We think this technology improves ink printability as well as increases formulating flexibility."

"I think that ink manufacturers are looking for the best combination of economics and performance," said Dennis Butcher, applications manager for paper and graphic arts for BFGoodrich. "There is some interest in non-absorbent films and foils, and there seems to be interest in a lot of new technologies such as the hybrids."

Solvent- and water-based research continues to be at the forefront of resin development, as ink manufacturers create formulations for these specific areas.

"Solvent-based technology was forecasted to decline for many years, but we have yet to see the onset of that decline," said Mr. Gallouedec. "Actually, while waterborne technology remains one of the fastest growing graphic arts market segments, some water-based formulators have started to convert back to solvent technology. The two primary reasons behind that trend shift are that solvent-borne inks still offer superior performance, especially on flexible substrates, and solvent recapture equipment is getting more efficient and sometimes less costly than the production lines upgrades and/or changes required by the switch from solvent to water."

"Water-based resin manufacturers continue to develop new products to meet the needs of the printing ink industry," said Mr. Grandke. "The developmental areas are in improved pigment dispersion performance. We can now make a water-based dispersion containing 40 percent organic pigment at a desirable 4:1 pigment to binder ratio and a viscosity under 500 centipoise. These dispersions are not only low viscosity but also shock-stable, non-settling and compatible with most ink making materials.

"Water-based resins manufacturers are also working on higher product resistant resins and emulsions," Mr. Grandke said. "This development work will allow water-based inks to enter areas traditionally dominated by solvent-based inks."

Improvements are also expected in the areas of flexo and UV, as ink formulators continue to explore these fields.

"We expect strong growth in the area of polyarnide resins for flexographic and rotogravure laminating inks due to new technologies that offer improved printability, bond strength and nitrocellulose compatibility," Mr. Crocker said.

Mr. O'Toole said that a growing area of interest are low viscosity, high-performance products to meet the growing needs of the UV flexo market. Mr. O'Toole noted that Cognis expects to unveil new specialty resins in late 2000.

Working with Customers

Working with customers to create new products is an increasingly important facet in business. This certainly holds true with resin manufacturers as well.

Mr. Wicken cited improved performance at ever lower costs, an initiative in development programs anticipating changing needs, and closer technical contact to minimize delays in new product introductions.

"We are dedicated to working closely with our customers to ensure we provide products that meet their needs," said Mr. Wicken.

With globalization, it has become increasingly important to have the ability to reach customers throughout the world.

"Lawter International has experienced and knowledgeable research and development staffs in the U.S., Europe and Asia," said Jack Baarends, VP of R&D at Lawter International. "Our R&D people are focused on working closely with ink producers on a global basis to develop new products, improve existing products, solve day-to-day problems as they occur, and manufacture those products more efficiently and economically. Many times we will work through our vehicle division with their customers so that we are involved from the resin polymer through to the ink."

"Our customers are always looking for new ideas to address problems and Rohm & Haas is recognized as an innovative technology leader," said Ms. Hartschuh. "The global printing ink manufacturers are looking for partners that also have a superior global and manufacturing supply network.

"Printing ink companies are also looking for quality, close technical support, with fast turn-around time, and resin companies that can offer a wide range of products covering more than just one or two families of graphic arts resins," said Mr. Gallouedec.

"Cognis' new product development effort is definitely market driven," said Mr. Gallouedec. "The new products developed over the last couple years have been the result of customer inquiries, for added performance in existing applications and/or for usage of existing resins and additives in new applications. Due to the global position of Cognis, we are present on all five continents. This allows Cognis to become aware of technological market shifts and to transfer technology from one market to another whenever appropriate."

"We at Johnson Polymer work closely with our strategic customers," said Mr. Grandke. "Our customers are a valuable source of applications and market knowledge. Our customers are key to our new product development effort. Their role can take many forms; from evaluating and giving us feedback on early prototypes to joint product development efforts."

As the printing ink industry moves forward, it is even more imperative to keep prices down while improving quality and services. Ink companies will continue to work with their suppliers in all phases of development.

"Printing ink manufacturers are looking for higher value products," concluded Mr. Grandke. "Ink companies want products that will allow them to cut cost from their system. Lower overall cost is a strong driver in the industry today. It is the resin manufacturers' challenge to achieve higher performing products at equal costs or equal performing products at lower costs."

"Printing ink companies are looking for resin manufacturers who understand the reality and the challenges of printing presses," said Mr. Gallouedec. "A deep knowledge of the correlation of the resin physical chemical properties and their impact on the printing performance is essential, so that new products can meet the ever-changing demands of the printing industry -- new substrates, faster lines, more universal inks capable of printing on multiple substrates and offering a wide window of operations to allow variations of printing conditions without variation of printing quality."

New Resin Products

The following listing includes resin products introduced to the printing ink industry in the past year.

Air Products Polymers, L.P.

7201 Hamilton Blvd. Allentown, PA 18195

Phone: (800) 345-3148 Fax: (610) 481-4381

Internet Address: www.airproducts.com/polymers

E-mail Address: cheminfo@apci.com

New Products:

* Vancryl 2900

Comments: Vancryl 2900 is a low-cost water-based emulsion good for use in black and colored ink on corrugated and paper surfaces. It is a low HAPs, low foam, high gloss and fast drying emulsion. It is designed for high speed flexographic and gravure printing.

* Vancryl 2900

Comments: Vancryl 6500 is a solid resin produced with low HAPs (hazardous air pollutants) solvent good for overprint varnish and emulsion production.

* Vancryl 442

Comments: Vancryl 442 is a non-neutralized colloidal dispersion for use as an extender in making low-cost inks. It can be neutralized with ammonium hydroxide, amines or sodium/potassium hydroxide, and is an excellent grinding vehicle for carbon blacks.

Akzo Nobel Resins

21625 Oak Street Matteson, IL 60443

Phone: (708) 481-8900 Fax: (708) 481-7904

Internet Address: www.resins.akzonobel.com

E-mail Address: inkresins@akzonobel.com

New Products:

* VSPR-60

Comments: VSPR-60 is the next generation in structured resins. This gum-based resin has high MW with high apparent viscosity at low and high shear rates for fast speed presses and flowable sheetfed inks. This resin has good solubility with aliphatic solvents.

* F-618

Comments: F-618 is a phenolic resin designed for pigment wetting and flushing applications where higher aliphatic solubility is required as well as viscosity. F-618 can be used to modify maleic and hydrocarbonbased systems to enhance MW but not sacrifice wetting.

* F-629

Comments: F-629 is a medium viscosity workhorse phenolic resin developed to increase polarity and decrease phenol content exhibiting improved gel response.

* F620A

Comments: F-620 is a phenolic resin designed for economy. The preferred method of packaging is in solution.

* VSPR 30

Comments: VSPR 30 is a medium molecular weight phenolic modified rosin ester with high solubility in both aliphatic and vegetable, oils. VSPR 30 is specially indicated for fast drying offset inks. This resin will exhibit excellent transfer and gloss in lithographic ink systems.

* VSPR 150

Comments: VSPR 150 is a high viscosity, high molecular weight, very low solubility phenolic modified gum rosin ester. VSPR 150 was developed to provide highly pseudoplastic behavior. Laray and Duke Viscosity values show a high, viscosity at high shear. It is specially indicated for heatset ink formulations based on flushes.

Arizona Chemical

4600 Touchton Road East, Suite 500 Jacksonville, FL 32246

Phone (904) 332-1800 Fax: (904) 332-1779

Internet Address: www.arizonachemical.com

New Products:

E-mail Address:scott.seeley@ipaper.com

* Sylvaprint 9659.

Comments: Sylvaprint 9659 is a highly structured phenolic resin for heatset and sheetfed ink vehicles. Similar in viscosity to previous generation products, Sylvaprint 9659 is differentiated by the fact that it has the solubility of low viscosity phenolic resins. It is self-gelling for low mist applications and compatible with low cost ink oils.

BF Goodrich Performance Materials

9921 Brecksville Rd. Brecksville, OH 44141-3247

Phone: (800)380-5397; (216)447-5000 Fax: (216) 447-5122

E-mail Address: butcherd@brk.bfg.com

New Products:

* Carboset XPD-2659

Comments: Carboset XPD-2659 is a styrene acrylic polymer designed for preprint coatings. It is characterized by good gloss, good block resistance and excellent scuff resistance.

* Carboset XPD-2601

* Zinpol 78-13

Comments: Carboset XPD-2601 and Zinpol 78-13 are designed to have good alkali and chemical resistance. Carboset XPD2601 resists more chemicals, while Zinpol 78-13 offers better properties. They are completely compatible.

* Zinpol XPD-2654

Comments: Zinpol XPD-2654 is a high solids colloidal solutions used for corrugated, news or other applications. It has good gloss and wettability.

* Zinpol 2655

Comments: Zinpol 2655 is a hydrosol emulsion that is a high solids product that can be neutralized for paper applications or used as a thickening agent or other ink modifier.

Cognis Corporation

300 Brookside Ave. Ambler PA 19002

Phone: (800) 445-2207 Fax: (215) 628-1111

Internet Address: www.cognisci.com

New Products:

E-mail Address: francois.gallouedec@cognis-us.com

* GAX 13-128

Comments: GAX 13-128 is the latest addition in Cognis' line of alcohol soluble polyamide resins (Versamid 700's series) used primarily for surface printing. GAX 13-128 is a general purpose resin with amine termination and offers excellent adhesion to treated films and foils. It is best suited for pigment grinding. According to initial laboratory evaluations, this resin will yield low viscosity pigment dispersions at high pigment concentrations. It is especially suited for making red pigment dispersions with. good flow characteristics. The results are inks with lower dilution ratios, which provide increased color strength and good stability.

* GAX 13-617

Comments: GAX 13-617 is a co-solvent thermoplastic polyamide resin for ink and overprint varnish applications, with balanced termination. Conventional polyamide resins tend to yellow when exposed to high heat conditions. GAX 13- 617, with its Tg (glass transititon temperature) 25[degrees]C higher than more traditional co-solvent polyamide resins, offers ink and overprint varnish formulators a new way to push the envelope of heat resistance performance of thermoplastic polyamide based system. While, GAX 13-617 has a higher softening point than most standard polyamide resins, it still is a film former which yields high gloss inks and overprint lacquers. It is well suited for cold seal release lacquer' (CSRL) applications which require a low coefficient of friction (COF) and high gloss.

* Versamid 958

Comments: Versamid 958 is anew co-solvent polyamide resin based on Versamid 930. It is a general purpose resin, with excellent adhesion, water resistance and gloss, and high viscosity, that can be used for both inks and overprint varnishes. Compared to Versamid 930, Versamid 958 offers improved gel resistance and a slightly better solubility.

* Versamid 959

Comments: Versamid 959 is a new co-solvent polyamide resin based on Versamid 940. It is a general purpose resin, with excellent adhesion, water resistance and gloss, and medium viscosity, that can be used for both inks and overprint varnishes. Compared to Versamid 940, Versamid 959 offers improved gel resistance and'a slightly better solubility.

* EO and PO Substituted Specialty Monomers

Comments: Cognis has recently completed a pigment wetting study for UV/EB including more than 30 types of monomers and oligomers and optimizing color development. Products include EQ and PO substituted specialty monomers such as (EO-HDODA) Photomer 4361 and its Photomer 8000 series methoxy ether acrylates ideal for use in UV flexo applications.

Cook Composites and Polymers

P.O. Box 419389 Kansas City, MO 64141-6389

Phone: (816) 391-6000 Fax: (816) 391-6141

Internet Address: www.ccponline.com

E-mail Address: maloney@ccponline.com

New Products:

* ESI-REZ 60

Comments: ESI-REZ 60 is a high molecular weight, zero VOC styrenated acrylic resin supplied in solid bead form.

* ESI-REZ 65

Comments: ESI-REZ 65 is a low molecular weight, zero VOC styrenated acrylic resin supplied in solid bead form.

* ESI-CRYL 735

Comments: ESI-CRYL 735 is an emulsion polymer for alkali resistance applications.

SC Johnson Polymer

8301 16th St. Sturtevant, WI 53177

Phone: (262) 631-4230 Fax: (262) 631-4054

New Products:

* Joncryl 2178

Comments: Joncryl 2178 is a hard film forming emulsion polymer with excellent wet and dry block resistance while still providing a high slide angle. This combination of properties makes Joncryl 2178 a fundamental building block in multi-wall bag and beverage carton formulations.

Joncryl 2646

Comments: Joncryl 2646 is a high gloss, acrylic emulsion designed for use on film and foil applications. The high solids, low viscosity characteristics of SCX-2646 accommodates today's high pigment loading demands.

* Joncryl 1680

Comments: Joncryl 1680 is a controlled particle size RC emulsion designed to give a matte finish to overprint varnishes or inks. Its low gloss and matting characteristic allow for the reduction or elimination of silica or clay matting agents.

* Joncryl HPD 96 MEA

Comments: Joncryl HPD 96 MEA allows for improved resolubility and press stability in high strength inks designed for fine line anilox printing. Dispersions made with Joncryl HPD 96 MEA exhibit exceptional color development and gloss, allowing the formulator to approach chip quality dispersions. Furthermore, improved Newtonian rheology in the dispersion provides opportunities for higher pigment loading and lower finished ink viscosity. Circle 81 on Service Card

Kustom Group

7960 Kentucky Dr. Florence, KY 41042

Phone: (606) 282-8400 Fax: (606) 282-2623

Internet Address: www.kustomgroup.com

E-mail Address: Kustomblending_inc@fuse.net

New Products:

* Plastic Stock Vehicles

Comments: Plastic Stock Vehicles are designed to adhere to most non-porous substrates and have excellent setting and oxidative dry time.

* Matte Stock Vehicles

Comments: Matte Stock Vehicles come in heatset or sheetfed versions, and reduce marking on these problem stocks.

* Jet Set Vehicles

Comments: Jet Set Vehicles are work and turn sheetfed vehicles with excellent press stability.

* Midnight Black Vehicles

Comments: Midnight Black Vehicles are specifically designed to reduce the loss of density and jetness commonly seen when sheetfed black inks dry.

* Stay Open Vehicles

Comments: Stay Open Vehicles are formulated to allow inks to stay open in the ink fountain but still dry on paper.

* Lithomaster Flushing Vehicles

Comments: Lithomaster Flushing Vehicles create Lithomaster ink properties and have the flushing and wetting properties required for efficient production.

Lawter International, Inc.

8601 95th Street Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158

Phone: (414) 947-7300 Fax: (414) 947-7328

Internet Address: www.lawter.com

New Products:

* Petro-Rez 700 Series

Comments: The Petro-Rez 700 Series of cycloaliphatic hydrocarbon resins have application as an extender in oleoresinous ink vehicles and as a pigment wetter in dispersion and flushing vehicles. Because of its solubility in low KB solvents and its excellent compatibility with vegetable oils commonly used in ink vehicle preparation, the Petro-Rez 700 Series may be used to increase solids, promote flow and leveling, thus increasing gloss. This provides for improved pigmerit wetting and printing characteristics. Petro-Rez 770 is a cycloaliphatic hydrocarbon resin that has a melt point of between 165[degrees]- 170[degrees]F. This resin is useful in applications such as heatset, news and coldset web inks. It provides faster solvent release, anti-set off properties, rub resistance and toughness in high speed printing applications.

* Ultra-Rez 400 Series

Comments: The Ultra-Rez 400 Series are rosin esters that have neither phenol nor formaldehyde modification but exhibit performance characteristics as if they had both. Other advantages gained when using the Ultra-Rez Series are lighter color, lower odor, and wider water window for increased lithographic properties. Unmodified rosin esters are easier to Unmodified rosin esters are easier to "de-ink" for easier paper recycling and are less harmful to watersheds. Because of their high visco-elastic properties and greater gel response, aluminum gelling agents may not be required or introduced at a low level for improved print quality.

* Omni-Rez Series

Comments: A new generation of hybrid resins that exhibit excellent stability of rheology when subjected to high shear rates such as occurs on high-speed presses They exhibit fast set with no misting, and have excellent synergy with TXIB.

* Ultra-Rez 50 Series (available in Europe)

* Ultra-Rez 500 Series (available in U.S.A.)

Comments: These resins are highly structures rosin-based phenolic modified resins with improved water balance characteristics. The Ultra-Rez 50 & 500 series have extremely low polarity and contain no low molecular weight entities that make them ideal for use in fast setting, non-misting lithographic inks to be used on high speed presses.

* Reactol AC-11 & 12

Comments: Reactol AC-11 & 12 are 100% non-volatile liquid hydroxyl containing acrylic polyols. They have excellent solubility in ethanol and ethyl acetate with good solubility in ketones and aromatics. They are compatible with a wide range of other ingredients commonly used in flexographic and gravure solvent based inks such as plasticizers, nitrocellulose, alcohol soluble propionate and butyrate (ASP & ASB), CAB, vinyl resins PVC polymers and most thermoplastic acrylic resins. It is very reactive with melamine cross linking resins to form very tough resistant inks and coatings. Used mainly in flexographic and gravure inks for paper, flexible film foil and laminating inks.

Mitchanol International Limited

Hallowfield Way

Church Road, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 3YE U.K.

Phone: +44 (0)20 8685 9911 Fax: +44 (0)20 8640 2229

Internet Address: www.mitchanol.com

E-mail Address: Salessupport@mitchanol.com

New Products:

* Surkopak MR 135

Comments: Surkopak MR 135 is a solventless plasticizing polyurethane for flexible packaging inks.

* Surkopak MR 159

Comments: Surkopak MR 159 is a plasticizing polyurethane for nitrocellulose flexible packaging inks.

* Development Product PU 11/37

Comments: Development Product PU 11/37 is a polyurethane for mono-component lamination inks for flexible packaging, and can be used in mixed polymer systems such as nitrocellulose and vinyl copolymer.

* Development Product PU 11/47

Comments: Development Product PU 11/47 is a polyurethane for mono-component lamination inks for flexible packaging.

Omnova Solutions Inc.

1476 J.A. Cochran Bypass Chester, SC 29706

Phone: (803) 385-5181

Fax: (803) 377-3542

Internet Address: www.omnova.com

New Products:

* Secoat 3120

Comments: Secoat 3120 is a vehicle for sublimation heat transfer inks. It is designed for rotogravure printing and for efficient transfer of dye to decorated fabric or other articles.

* Sequabond VS 9812 and 9012

Comments: Sequabond VS 9812 and 9012 are vehicles for metallic pigment inks printed on paper and foil, respectively.

* CDP 3089-139

Comments: CDP 3089-139 s a fully FDA-approved vehicle for heat resistant overcoatings for paper plates and food packaging.

Resinall Corporation

P.O. Box 195, Water Street Severn, NC 27877

Phone: (919) 585-1445

Fax: (252) 585-1347

New Products:

* Resinall 956

Comments: Resinall 956 is part of a new line of cost-effective, high performance phenolic modified rosin esters ideal for high performance heatset printing.

* Resinall 350

Comments: Resinall 350 is a hydrocarbon hyrid resin with limited solubility, and a melt point in excess of 155[degrees]F.

Rohm & Haas

100 Independence Mall West Philadelphia, PA 19106-2399

Phone: (800) 621-2247; (800) 367-7376

Fax: (312) 807-2387

Internet Address: www.rohmhaas.com

E-mail Address: Holly_Hartschuh@rohmhaas.com

New Products:

* Lucidene 4015

* Lucidene 4035

* Lucidene 4045

* Morcryl 435LA

Comments: Lucidene 4015, Lucidene 4035, Lucidene 4045, and Morcryl 435LA are unique, neutral pH products that address issues such as maintaining long-term press stability and eliminating odor in the press room. The 4000 series products have exceptional gloss in overprints as well as superior performance in metallic ink systems.

Westvaco Corp. - St. John's Department

P.O. Box 70848 Charleston Heights, SC 29415-0848

Phone: (800) 458-4034

Fax: (843) 740-2354

Internet Address: www.westvaco.com

E-mail Address: stjohns@westvaco.com kmacks@westvaco.com

New Products:

* Armorez CR-2900

Comments: Armorez CR-2900 is a unique water-based hybrid acrylic polymer designed to provide remarkable levels of chemical resistance to graphic arts overprints and inks without the cost normally associated with this level of performance.

* Hyatop H-2720

Comments: Hyatop H-2720 has excellent pigment dispersion capabilities with high solids at low viscosity. Contributes gloss, flow and leveling to coatings.

* Jonrez HC-913

Comments: Jonrez HC-913 is a modified hydrocarbon resin that exhibits, excellent reactivity with, aluminum gelling agents with good aliphatic solubility. Applications include heatset and sheetfed systems for increased ink transfer and ink/water balance control. Helps reduce the amount of phenolic resins needed to maintain structure, viscosity and solubility.

* Jonrez RP-372

Comments: Jonrez RP-372 is a phenolic modified rosin ester that combines the unique properties of high molecular weight with excellent aliphatic ink oil compatibility. Dry grind dispersion vehicles incorporating this resin have good pigment wetting characteristics. Well suited for heatset, quickset and sheetfed ink systems, as well as flushing vehicles for these applications.

* Jonrez RP-380

Comments: Jonrez RP-380 is a modified phenolic resin formulated to maintain viscosity and internal structures. under high shear while allowing for good flow characteristics in low shear applications. Maximized internal structure in aliphatic systems contributes to increased dot sharpness, excellent hold out, improved gloss and low misting in heatset and sheetfed inks.

* Jonrez RP-381

Comments: Jonrez RP-381 is a modified phenolic resin designed for heatset ink systems requiring low misting characteristics under high shear applications. Utilizing the elasticity of this resin in a vehicle system can help achieve successful transfer from blanket to paper on high speed printing presses and maintain good dot sharpness.

* Jonrez IM-838

Comments: Jonrez IM-838 is an alcohol insoluble maleic resin which has a high melt point and high viscosity. It provides excellent gloss and film hardness in overprint varnishes. It is recommended in combination with phenolic modified rosin esters for quick-set inks and gel varnishes where its limited solubility in ink oils improves setting tune and hold out.

* Jonrez HC-914

Comments: Jonrez HC-914 is a rosin modified hydrocarbon resin exhibiting high intrinsic viscosity in varnishes utilizing vegetable oil and/or ink oil, while maintaining good aliphatic solubility. Aluminium gelling agents can be used to enhance vehicle viscosity and yield value. Jonrez HC-914 is suitable for both heatset and sheetfed ink systems. In heatset varnishes, HC-914 can function as the primary resin because of its high viscosity and compatibility with napthanic and paraffinic ink oils. For sheetfed varnishes, it is recommended as a co-resin to increase viscosity and to balance solubility.

* Jonrez E-2068

Comments: Jonrez E-2068 provides gloss and water resistance to formulated inks and coatings. It also contributes to high slide angles in overprint formulations and improved adhesion of inks to foil and polyolefin films.

* Jonrez E-2070

Comments: Jonrez E-2070 was developed for use as the sole vehicle for multi-wall bag top lacquers. It exhibits consistent, high slide angles and good wet block resistance.

* Jonrez E-2069

Comments: Jonrez E-2069 may be used, as a letdown vehicle to provide hold-out and gloss to inks on porous substrates. It has a high glass transition temperature (Tg) and is fast drying.

* Jonrez IC-2556

Comments: Jonrez IC-2856 was developed for high gloss fast ambient dry or force dry industrial coatings. It provides excellent adhesion to metals, wood, and a variety of plastics such as ABS, acrylics and polystyrene. Its high Tg requires coalescing for room temperature film formation.

* Jonrez IM-839

Comments: Jonrez IM-839 is a very low solubility maleic resin designed to be used with fatty acid esters.
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New resin products: the following listing includes resin products introduced to the printing ink industry in the past year.
Ink companies, suppliers provide tremendous value.
The increasing importance of partnerships in business.

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